Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Why Are Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Still Legal?

Marco Arturo is a twelve-year old who wants to share the scientific evidence linking vaccines to autism - spoiler alert: it doesn't exist. Meanwhile Kate Lunau, at Motherboard, asks why non-medical vaccine exemptions are still legal - concluding that philosophical exemptions are something we'll just have to live with. We might also add whooping cough to that list...

But there's no mystery why personal belief exemptions are still a thing. I've already mentioned the ugly backlash last year to SB346 in NC. But just look at this "ugly disruption" of a public seminar on immunizations in Perth, Australia on Monday.

"In the antivaccine movement, the Dunning-Kruger effect tends to take the form of parents who think that their University of Google knowledge trumps the knowledge of physicians and scientists who have dedicated large swaths of their lives to the rigorous study of conditions such as autism and the question of how vaccines work." - Orac
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Note: This post is part of a series on vaccines.

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